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1 FaCE the challenge together toolkit Family and community engagement (FaCE)

2 Why work with families? “Parental engagement in children’s learning makes a difference, a very big difference. It is the most powerful school improvement lever we have.” Power and Goodall (2008) Do Parents Know They Matter? (p.167) Powerful lever for raising attainment. Positive impact on behaviour and well-being. Powerful lever for tackling the impacts of poverty. Build on the ‘Education begins at home’ campaign. “Family and parent support activities should have the improvement of children’s learning as a clear and consistent goal.” Goodall and Vorhaus (2011) Review of Best Practice in Parental Engagement Practitioners Summary

3 Foundation PhasePrimary school age 7–11Secondary school age Conversations. Role play. Reading stories. Teaching songs. Playing with letters and numbers. Painting and drawing. Visiting the library, museums and galleries. Outdoor trips. Supporting social and emotional learning. Helping their child to be ‘school ready’. Interest in their school activities. Helping them feel they belong in the school. Regular bedtime, breakfast and school attendance. 10 minutes a day reading. Talking about ‘how big/much/many’. Outings to the library, museums and art galleries. Working with the school to support the child with any particular issues. Supporting social and emotional learning. Communicating value of education. Taking an interest in their studies. Modelling respectful relationships. Keeping them focused on learning while also supporting autonomy. Regular bedtime, breakfast and school attendance. Communicating aspirations, celebrating achievements. Providing a quiet study area. Encouraging reading and general discussions. Outings to cultural venues, extra-curricular activities. Working with the school to support the child to work through any particular issues. Supporting course/post-16 selection. Ways that families can support learning

4 Why work with community partners? “Extended schools … strengthen the ability of families and communities to attend to young people’s physical, emotional, cognitive and psychological needs.” Coleman (2006) Lessons from Extended Schools Strengthen family engagement, leading to gains in attendance, behaviour and achievement. Learner well-being and standards. Strengthen the school (support, resources, networks). Make a positive contribution to the community. Assessed by Estyn. “It takes a whole village to raise a child.” African proverb

5 Ways that community partners can support learning Remove barriers to family engagement Provide support for learners Increase community involvement Networking – links to target groups. Improve engagement offer. Arms-length agency forming link to school. Professional support for learners. Professional support for families. Improve learner well-being. Improve learner standards. Learners participating in the community. Extra-curricular activities. Help tackle impacts of poverty. Enriched curriculum. Community consultation (school development plan). Contribute to community cohesion. Contribute to social capital.

6 What could it do for our school? Literacy Extensive evidence of the positive impact of parental engagement programmes on literacy. Teaching parents/carers to teach their children reading skills can be twice as effective as asking them to listen to their child read. For example: – family learning project to develop early reading skills – auction of promises where Dads promise time reading to child – family reading club.

7 There is robust evidence of the positive and lasting impact of family numeracy programmes on children’s academic outcomes. For example: parent/carer prompts for home activities learning logs family learning projects ‘Teach your child to learn’ workshops. What could it do for our school? Numeracy

8 Involving families in goal setting with their child and teacher will help engage them in their child’s learning, which should: help families support learning at home lead to raised attainment. What could it do for our school? Metacognition/visible learning

9 What could it do for our school? Tackling the impact of poverty “The achievement of working class pupils could be significantly enhanced if we systematically apply all that is known about parental involvement.” Desforges and Abouchaar (2003) The impact of parental involvement, parental support and family education on pupil achievement and adjustment

10 What could it do for our school? Prevent dip in attainment at transition Family involvement in learning is a protective factor – attainment is more likely to dip if families aren’t involved. We can prevent dips by: engagement over transition in how best to support transition/learning in the next phase multi-agency working for early identification of families needing extra support.

11 What could it do for our school? Well-being Children’s concerns can be sorted out more quickly when their families have a positive relationship with school staff. The Team Around the Family (TAF) approach supports learners and families facing multiple problems.

12 What could it do for our school? Attendance and behaviour Family engagement can have a significant positive impact, through developing a clear mutual understanding of expectations. Mutual respect and trust are key factors. Working as partners to support a child working through particular issues. Strategies for engaging with families of disengaged learners. Ofsted (2008) found that a close partnership with parents/carers was fundamental to re-engaging with disaffected learners in secondary school.

13 What could it do for our school? Bullying Important role of families in developing a strategy to tackle bullying. Greater ability to resolve issues when families are on board.

14 Support families to support learners, for example, through: family workshops to develop parent/carer skills, e.g. signing, PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) family workshops to develop independent living skills informal support for families, e.g. networking at coffee morning. What could it do for our school? Additional learning needs

15 Support learner and family well-being and help overcome barriers to learning, as well as: improving attendance improving behaviour reducing exclusions reducing the risk of being a NEET (not in education, employment or training). What could it do for our school? Team Around the Family

16 Ensure all our families are welcomed. Community partners help us to celebrate diversity. What could it do for our school? Community cohesion

17 Deliver community involvement priorities. Enrich the curriculum. Develop curriculum-based projects with external partners to help re-engage disengaged learners. What could it do for our school? Community involvement

18 Help adults/parents/carers in our community develop their skills, confidence and networks, for example, through: family learning projects to develop parents’/carers’ literacy, numeracy and digital skills adult community learning classes on site participation in community events. What could it do for our school? Social capital in our community

19 A whole-school approach to family and community engagement (FaCE) should allow us to: handle conflict and complaints more effectively, and reduce incidents of abusive behaviour towards staff make parents’/carer’s evenings more rewarding create a greater sense of cohesion and belonging between the school, families and the community improve learners’ attendance, behaviour and achievement find external professional support to meet the needs of families and learners. What could it do for our school? Staff well-being

20 Summary Good engagement strategies: value the contribution that families and community partners can bring involve the whole school start from, and build on, cultural values of families/communities are based on the understanding of barriers stress personal contact, foster communication, mutual respect and trust. FaCE the challenge together toolkit A framework with five themes. 1.Leadership for a self-improving system. 2.Embedding a whole-school approach to FaCE. 3.Welcoming families to engage with the school. 4.Helping families to actively support their child’s learning. 5.Developing community partnerships and multi-agency working.

21 Next steps Senior leadership team (SLT) member. Governor. Work through FaCE toolkit. Priorities  school development plan (SDP). Roles/professional development. Use of Pupil Deprivation Grant (PDG). School-to-school working.

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